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The Bowerbird Writes


The Bowerbird Writes

The Agony, the Challenge - and yet they still balik kampung

A friend arrived from London two days ago, enduring more than 13 hours of non-stop flight, painfully adjusting his body clock for the seven-hour time difference. He was on a car a few hours later heading for Kota Baru. It took him and his family almost 15 hours to reach “home”, more than the time spent on the plane.

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Keep culture apart from tourism

THE new Government has yet to appoint a minister for the Tourism and Culture Ministry. We are not sure whether the Prime Minister will retain the ministry’s present structure.

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Remembering Krishen Jit

The publication 'Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre' is a fitting tribute to the late theatre director and critic.

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MCMC, stop playing Big Brother!

I FIND it totally unacceptable that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has been playing Big Brother all these years. It got worse in the months leading up to GE14.

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The dawn of a new era

Pakatan Harapan’s GE14 win is an opportunity for Malaysia to hit the reset button.

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Know that there is life after GE14

BY the time this column appears again two weeks from today, GE14 will be over. For better or worse, a government will be formed, and depending on which side you supported, you may or may not be happy with the results.

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A day to strengthen journalistic commitment

AT LAST we have a National Journalists’ Day, also known as Hawana, its Malay acronym. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak officiated the launch of the important day last Wednesday. It is the government’s recognition of the role played by journalists in the country.

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How secure is my personal data?

IN today’s world, where data is king, I am not sure how safe my online personal data is.

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Learn advocacy from US high schoolers

THE mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb 14 this year, where 17 students and teachers died, shocked the United States and the world. It is the third deadliest school shooting in US history, after Virginia Tech in 2007 (33 deaths) and Sandy Hooks in 2012 (28 deaths).

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We need the force of decency in politics

THE nation will soon be facing its 14th general election. Some may call it the “mother of all elections”.

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Why Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ matters

I FULLY agree with renown director Steven Spielberg that there is an urgency to make his latest movie, The Post. The 2017 movie is a stark reminder of the need to free the media from interferences of any kind, political or otherwise.

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We learn from the past

Reminiscing over fond Chinese New Year memories of a childhood in small-town Johor.

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